January 2016 is officially Jaws Month. The turn of the year brought with it everything we hoped from this El Nino winter, a non-stop run of action in the Pacific and no shortage of surfers breaking boundaries and redefining this era of big wave paddling.
Yesterday's swell peaked in the afternoon so there wasn't action right off the bat, but there's nothing like a building swell and the world's most famous big wave spot to get the heart pumping and the crowd pouring in. After a full month of swells arriving just a little late this one came in slightly early. And every set delivered chaos, defined by Tom Dosland's internet-breaking big wave bungee jumping act.
Well you got to pay to play, I definitely payed some taxes to Huey today. Jamie Mitchell
"The surf was getting bigger, set after set, and there was no shortage of action,"says local photographer Tassio Silva. "Jamie O'Brien caught a really nice one and Brazilian chargers Marcio Freire and Everaldo Pato went left on a couple of really big waves. A lot of sets were breaking far out and clean-ups were ruthless a couple of times."
"Well you got to pay to play, I definitely payed some taxes to Huey today,"Jamie Mitchell posted on Instagram after a sneaker set caught him out and had him scrambling for safety. "This one was on dark and got me good. Anyway moving on. Let's hope tomorrow delivers."
A lot of sets were breaking far out and clean-ups were ruthless a couple of times.
While Jaws has always been a focal point for big wave surfing, its recent endless run seems to have spread a sense of FMO far and wide. "It was mayhem at the parking lot with so many cars everywhere that it was even hard to turn back around," says Tassio. "The cliffs were packed and like an open-air spectacle you could hear all the reaction from the crowd to the successful rides to the crazy wipeouts."
Those who avoided the masses to tackle the same swell at Peahi's cousin twice removed on Oahu however did so without second thought. Check out the day's Waimea action here.